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Linoleum and Cork are both well known for their sound absorbing qualities. If you use linoleum sheets they will provide better sound reduction as compared to floating panel system. Same goes with Cork glue less plank system. Both linoleum and cork are naturally heat resistant, and hypoallergenic materials. Both of these resilient flooring products are warm to touch underfoot. Because of the strong heat barrier qualities of cork, though, it is not recommended over “in-floor radiant heating” system. Marmoleum Click, on the other hand, has been engineered to work well over in-floor radiant heating used in extreme climate conditions. Both materials are prone to scratches if not handled well. If moving furniture with sharp edges, it is recommended to have felt pads underneath.

Linoleum sheet, tiles and Cork tiles have been successfully installed in various building types, such as Commercial, Healthcare, Restaurants, retail, and Fitness. Visit this site to see some examples of Cork flooring: http://www.duro-design.com/index.cfm/page/cork.installations/installationId/86/

Just like linoleum, cork is available in many different colors and sizes. One can achieve a personalized space by creating their own floor design unique to their taste.

Linoleum and Cork floors are both easy to install, easy to maintain and durable. The cork needs proper sealant though to be resistant to stains and is more susceptible to dents if a heavy piece of furniture stands on it for a long time. It is also recommended to avoid direct sunlight on your cork floors depending on the color pigments used in the product.

I would suggest, see some examples where they have installed cork and linoleum. Walk on those floors. The touch and feel and look of these materials are distinctly different. You really have to like the texture, pattern that cork comes with. Your floors are your major investments, and you do not want to regret your decision for any reason later on.

Good Luck!

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We have been talking about linoleum, but Bamboo is also another eco-friendly product for flooring. Strand woven bamboo floor especially, is a high density flooring material and is great for day-to-day wear. If you are looking for easy to clean, elegant, hardwood style floor then Strand woven bamboo is your option. Make sure you buy a genuine product from a well established branded company, to avoid any disappointments later on.

Refer to Durodesign website for more information:

http://www.duro-design.com/index.cfm/strand-bamboo-flooring/

Here is my favorite blog entry:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-Strand-Woven-Bamboo-Flooring-Is-a-Good-Choice

Like many other building materials, Bamboo has some drawbacks. In general, Bamboo is a softer material.  It does tend to dent if you drop a heavy pot on it or something. You also have to be careful while moving furniture and such. Bamboo is bad with stains if the flooring is not sealed properly. Also, depending on the product you choose, the color may fade over time with exposure to sunlight. Here is a link you may find informative:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Bamboo-FlooringPros-and-Cons

I would suggest, do your homework, see what really appeals to you before making such a big investment. For things to consider before buying Bamboo, go to:

http://hubpages.com/hub/BambooWoodFloors